Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Hugo Award Flashback

Cheryl Morgan was able to find a couple of photos from the 2004 Hugo Awards ceremony that I'd lost and had been thinking about a lot lately, what with the discussion of "who is a Hugo Award winner."

2004 Hugo Award Emerald City

Now I suppose one might be forgiven for thinking this photo taken after the ceremony was meant to suggest that I'm the person who won the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, but I'm just the tall one and the photo's composition worked better this way. Of course the trophy went to Cheryl Morgan for Emerald City. I and Anne Gray (left) were part of the 'zine's production team, assisting with proofreading and the like. But Cheryl was the editor, and while I was of course delighted that she won, I would never have dreamed of taking credit for her win.

It shows you how much things have changed in the fifteen years since then that it's probably unthinkable to most Worldcon members that Emerald City was loudly criticized by some fans out there because it wasn't a "real" fanzine — after all, it was mostly published electronically and distributed by e-mail (later on a web site). Yes, folks, it may be hard to believe, but only fifteen years ago, there were fans who seriously held that the only Real Fanzines were those printed on pieces of paper and either handed to people in person or distributed through paper mail, and e-zines shouldn't even be considered eligible. Note that I am not one of those people and never have been. Think about that the next time someone wants to claim that I'm a hidebound Old Man who wants all New Ideas destroyed and hates anything that's new.
Tags: cheryl, hugo award, worldcon

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